graffiti http://kut.org en Artists Restore Iconic Guadalupe St. Murals, Despite Limited Funds http://kut.org/post/artists-restore-iconic-guadalupe-st-murals-despite-limited-funds <p class="p1">The original artists behind two iconic murals in West Campus are restoring their work after the <a href="http://kut.org/post/could-these-iconic-west-campus-murals-be-lost-vandalism">murals were defaced with graffiti</a>.<span class="s1">&nbsp;But the costly repairs to the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">University Co-op mural</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;could be delayed, due to a steep price tag. &nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">While the Co-op pitched some money towards repainting the murals, they couldn't provide enough for the entire $30,000 overhaul.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">So the murals' artists have taken to the Web, starting <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mural-restoration">an online campaign</a> to fund the restoration&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– although a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fast-approaching deadline could sideline the effort.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Andrew Huygen 10191 at http://kut.org Artists Restore Iconic Guadalupe St. Murals, Despite Limited Funds Could These Iconic West Campus Murals Be Lost to Vandalism? http://kut.org/post/could-these-iconic-west-campus-murals-be-lost-vandalism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1974, a group calling themselves the </span>Austintatious<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Artists wanted to express themselves. So, they found a wall in West Campus and painted what would become a venerated piece of Austin public art. Since then, that mural has lived on. They even painted another one in 2003 on the south wall of the same building.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:59:59 +0000 Andrew Weber 9512 at http://kut.org Could These Iconic West Campus Murals Be Lost to Vandalism? What Arcade Fire Did When Someone in Austin Complained About Its 'Reflektor' Graffiti http://kut.org/post/what-arcade-fire-did-when-someone-austin-complained-about-its-reflektor-graffiti <p><strong>Update</strong>: Shortly after Ian Dille’s&nbsp;<em>Slate</em> article appeared online, he received a handwritten apology from Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler.</p><p>The band's PR company “forwarded me a handwritten note from Win Butler apologizing for the graffiti and explaining that it was supposed to be put up in chalk or water-soluble paint,” Dille tells KUT News. “And somewhere along the line, someone started using spraypaint. He said it was hard to control all the small details of such a large project.” (Read the letter below.)</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:53:35 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8668 at http://kut.org What Arcade Fire Did When Someone in Austin Complained About Its 'Reflektor' Graffiti What Happens When Iconic Austin Street Art is Defaced? http://kut.org/post/what-happens-when-iconic-austin-street-art-defaced <p>As home to the state capitol, a flagship university and natural treasures like Barton Springs, Austin isn&rsquo;t hurting for landmarks. But there&rsquo;s also an underground placemaking collection: the city&#39;s street art.</p><p>There&rsquo;s the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/birzer/365512845/">&ldquo;Greetings From Austin&rdquo; mural</a> on South First Street, movie stills <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wellsdunbar/433084207/">on the old Varsity&nbsp;Theatre</a> building across from campus, even the <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/fajalar/5523202123/">&ldquo;I Love You So Much&rdquo;</a> scrawled on the side of Jo&rsquo;s Coffee on South Congress Avenue.</p><p>There&rsquo;s also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hihowareyou.com/">&ldquo;Jeremiah the Innocent</a>,&rdquo; more commonly known as the &ldquo;Hi, How Are You?&rdquo; frog. Painted by songwriter Daniel Johnston, the design was <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/09/19/140487084/the-mix-50-artists-who-inspired-kurt-cobain">famously worn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain</a>.</p><p>Earlier this week, the frog was defaced by taggers. And while it&rsquo;s not the first time that&rsquo;s happened, it raises an interesting question: What happens when unofficial landmarks like Johnston&rsquo;s frog &ndash; which, with its charmingly crude design could itself be mistaken for graffiti &ndash; get tagged?</p><p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 19:08:21 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Wells Dunbar 4674 at http://kut.org What Happens When Iconic Austin Street Art is Defaced?